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New ways to stop beach erosion tested on Seychelles island
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 4 July 2022 (SNA) - The Islands Development Company is testing a new type of artificial protection called 'reef balls' against beach erosion on the island of Desroches. A reef ball is a designed artificial reef module that mimics the structure and function of a natural reef made with special concrete additives with a pH similar to seawater. This assures compatibility with marine environments and enhances its attractiveness to colonising organisms. 



Indonesia to issue quota-based fisheries policy in July
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 1 July 2022 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government will issue a decree that manages the country’s marine fisheries based on capture quotas, prompting concerns from experts that the new strategy may threaten the sustainability of fish stocks. Several marine observers note that more than half of fishing zones in Indonesia are already “fully exploited.”



Making minerals: Crushed, zapped, boiled and baked
LONDON, UK, 2 July 2022 (BBC) - When the penguins poop on Antarctica's Elephant Island, a little bit of magic happens in the soil. Chemical reactions produce a dull brown mineral called spheniscidite. It's unique and reflects the special conditions that exist only in that locality. The name comes from Sphenisciformes - the label used to describe penguins' grouping in the avian tree of life.



Pearl Harbor's toxic water caused by shoddy management
LONDON, UK, 1 July 2022 (AP) - A US navy investigation has revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor’s tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels.



PNG to head to polls amid election violence fears
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 1 July 2022 (Guardian) - Papua New Guinea is heading to the polls on Monday and there are fears the vote could be more violent than the 2017 elections, in which more than 200 people died.



Rare wild ancestors of domestic pigeon found on Scottish islands
LONDON, UK, 1 July 2022 (Guardian) - Colonies of extremely rare and endangered birds that are the wild ancestors of domestic and feral pigeons have been found on secluded Scottish islands. 



Lord Howe Island seabird deaths
PORT MACQUARIE, Australia, 2 July 2022 (ABC) - Scientists studying the impact of plastic debris on a seabird colony that nests on Lord Howe Island say they found an increasing number of dead chicks during the latest fledging season - one with 200 small pieces of plastic in its digestive system.